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Fellowships to USA and Puerto Rico Writers
to Recognize Literary Excellence

Letras Boricuas Fellowship

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Flamboyan Foundation's Arts Fund

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Deadline Date:

06/13/22 4:00 PM ET


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Fellowships of $25,000 to USA and Puerto Rico writers, poets, and spoken word poets to recognize literary excellence. All applicants must self-identify as Puerto Rican. Funding is intended to highlight the voices of both new and established writers and to celebrate Puerto Rican culture.

The Letras Boricuas Fellowship aims to identify and connect writers from diverse backgrounds and identities who embody the vastness, diversity, and complexity of Puerto Rican experiences.

While fellowship award funds are unrestricted, the hope is to help writers in Puerto Rico and across the diaspora, from emerging to established, pursue their writing, amplify their work to a broader audience, and create work that celebrates Puerto Rican life and culture. It is also the aim that each Fellowship cohort will include writers of different genres and writers who live in Puerto Rico, as well Puerto Ricans who may live in the United States.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196274

Number of Grants:

Forty writers —twenty selected in 2021 and twenty selected in 2022

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Term of Contract:

The second cohort will be announced in fall 2022 with the fellowship running from January to December 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for consideration for this fellowship, writers must:
- Be 21 years or older at the time of application;
- Self-identify as Puerto Rican;
- Be current residents of Puerto Rico or the United States;
- Work in one or more of the following genres: poetry (including spoken word), fiction, creative nonfiction (e.g. memoir, personal essays, and related forms) or children’s literature
- Demonstrate a history of publication by having:
(i) a book (or a following edition) published in 2017 or later, by an independent, commercial, or university press; or
(ii) a book that is currently under contract or agreement to be published 2022-2023 by an independent, commercial, or university press; or
(iii) three different works curated and published in print or online journal or anthology during or after 2017;
(iv) three different works (spoken word) curated and presented in public events, during or after 2017 (you could use a filmed performance, a radio transmission recording or a podcast)

Applications from publishers, organizations, or institutions will not be considered.

For publications that will not be considered as demonstrating eligibility, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Foundation will be offering virtual live support to those that require technical assistance in completing the application. Register in one of the 15 minutes sessions available during the following dates and times:
- Wednesday May 25, 2022, 9:30 am to 12:45 pm / 4:00 pm to 5:45 pm – Register here:
- Thursday May 26, 2022, 7:30 am to 9:45 am / 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm – Register here:

Q&A session for the Letras Boricuas 2022 Fellowship: Tuesday, June 7th, 2022, 4 pm ET

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted online through Submittable, until June 13, 4:00 PM (ET).

Awards will be announced by the end of November 2022.

Recipients will also participate in a gathering of all forty Fellows to be hosted in Puerto Rico, tentatively scheduled for April 2023.

Once you submit an application during a cycle, you will not be able to re-submit. However, if your application was not selected in the first cycle, you may reapply in this second cycle.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information, contact

Washington DC:
1730 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 1 (202) 315-2410

Puerto Rico:
P.O. Box 16699
San Juan, PR 00908-6699
Tel: 1 (787) 977-5522

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